Controlled Vocabularies and Taxonomies

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Course Details
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Target Audience: 
Any staff involved with cataloging, metadata or digtital initiatives wanting an overview of controlled vocabularies and taxonomies.
Course Description

Are you working on a metadata project that could benefit from a specialized vocabulary? Do you find yourself feeling like existing vocabularies like the Library of Congress Subject Headings are a bit too one-size-fits-all? This course will cover the basics of taxonomy design and development of controlled vocabularies. Topics covered include types of controlled vocabularies, taxonomy planning and design, structure and relationships in a taxonomy, and taxonomy management and maintenance.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • Understand why a specialized vocabulary and/or taxonomy would be needed
  • Name the different types of controlled vocabularies
  • Learn the steps involved in taxonomy development and maintenance


Homework Expectations
  • Course requirements: attend live online sessions or view recordings; complete one homework assignment.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
Contact Hours: 
Instructor or (972) 340-2829